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“Much better than we expected.” 4 of 5 stars
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The Islander Motel
2.0 of 5 Motel   |   522 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060   |  
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Ranked #29 of 53 Hotels in Santa Cruz
Rancho Cucamonga, California
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11 hotel reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Much better than we expected.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2013

We were a little concerned about our stay at the Islander after reading some of the critical reviews in Trip Advisor but were pleasantly surprised. The hotel is older and rooms were smaller than others but the owners have done a nice job fixing it up. The grounds and our room was immaculate. The sheets could use some updating but the bed was comfortable. We didn't notice the street noise except for a few motorcycles. The staff was attentive and pleasant. We would stay here again.

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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Location
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Montreal, Canada
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12 hotel reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

OK for the cost. nothing special. Next time I would pick something closer to the water.
shower was ok
tv was ok
bed was fine
parking included
no sound reduction - noise from the parking lot was clear in the room

  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Worthington, Ohio
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2013

Might well be the inspiration for Tim Buckley's great song from the 1960s, "Love from Room 109 at The Islander (Pacific Coast Highway)" on his Happy Sad album: "I was lost without a song, without a melody/You came into my hotel life/You made my room a home/Ah, now, mama, don't you know what you done/You made the sunshine in the city/You warmed my heart/You changed an old man filled with pity/Back into a child again/Ah, now, mama, can't you see what you done . . . .

Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
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Portland, Oregon
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2013

My elderly mother and I were travelling, and stayed here based on TripAdvisor. We initially requested two rooms. When I mentioned my mother, the volunteered that they had a single room on the ground floor (no stairs for her that way) with two bedrooms that we might like, and it cost less than two rooms. We took that room and it was perfect. They lost money on that suggestion, which I think says a lot about their focus on the customer first.

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Long Beach, California
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2013 via mobile

property was clean. room was clean. no funny smells. everything looked as if it was being taken care of. good price for the stay and staff was very friendly and accommodating to our late night arrival. Would stay again!

  • Stayed May 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Wellington, New Zealand
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59 hotel reviews
Reviews in 87 cities Reviews in 87 cities
151 helpful votes 151 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2013

This motel is exactly what we were after: a value-for-money place to stay that was reasonably central, clean, comfortable but still well-priced so no need to be fancy.

The owners do a great job and the service they and their staff provide is excellent. The rooms are sizeable and well cleaned, with very comfortable beds and pillows. There were several nice touches that were somewhat unexpected in this price range, such as a large welcome bottle of fresh water, free bathroom amenities, and shower water pressure that puts some expensive hotels to shame.

Our only slight criticism was a somewhat unpleasant odour from the bed cover in our room, which needed a clean. However many motels suffer from this and in context this was a minor inconvenience.

We would happily stay here again.

Room Tip: If you decide not to take up the free motel breakfast, we highly recommend the brilliant Cafe Brasil...
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  • Stayed May 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2013 via mobile

Room was clean, bed was huge! The sttaff was polite. Didn't stay long, quick drive to boardwalk. Walk if had more time. Trip advisor discount helped. Extra pillows in room. Refrigerator in room. Lamps on both sides of bed.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Additional Information about The Islander Motel

Address: 522 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Location: United States > California > Santa Cruz
Amenities:
Business Center with Internet Access Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #29 of 53 Hotels in Santa Cruz
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:2 star — The Islander Motel 2*
Number of rooms: 22
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Cleans and Comfortable, AAA 1 Diamond rated, 2 story with 22 guest rooms that include, 32" flat Screen LCD-HD TV Withe Remote, complimentary continental breakfast, Free Local Calls, All rooms have phone, Free WiFi. High speed Internet access in Room hairdryers. Some rooms with Micro fridges. Free parking, Seasonally heated pool and electronic door locks for your security. Located approximately 1 mile from the world famous Santa Cruz Beach and Boardwalk. We are within walking distance to Downtown Santa Cruz, numerous nightclubs, theaters and shopping at Pacific Garden Mall. Roaring camp, Mystery Spot, The University of California Santa Cruz, the Museum of Art and History and Pasatiempo Golf Course are all nearby. We look forward to making your stay with us the Best Value in Santa Cruz. Sorry No Pets.One car per Room.Parking is limited. Deposited Required. Extra Person $20.00 Per Person. ... more   less 
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